Vladimir Gridin & family was born in Russia. Vladimir Gridin, together with his sons, is the largest shareholder in Siberian Business Unit, also known as SDS-Holding, a coal mining, railway transportation, chemicals and machine building concern. The company owns radio stations, too, and in 2011 it bought European Media Group, one of Russia's biggest radio networks, from France's Lagardere for $162 million. In the 1980s Gridin oversaw railway facilities in the Novokuznetz area and forged ties with railway head Aman Tuleev, who is now governor of the Kemerovo region, where SDS-Holding is based. In 2007 he was appointed deputy to the State Duma for Vladimir Putin's party; in 2011 he won a second term as deputy chairman of its transport committee.
Since July 2010 Grinin has served as Ambassador of Russia to Germany in Berlin
After this posting he returned to Moscow, and was appointed by Vladimir Putin as Ambassador of Russia to Finland in 2003, and held this post until 2006, when he was appointed as Ambassador of Russia to Poland
From 1994 – 1996, Grinin was director of the Fourth European Department at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when he was appointed by Boris Yeltsin as Ambassador of Russia to Austria in 1996, and held the post in Vienna until 2000
He was then posted to the Soviet Embassy in East Germany from 1986 – and then Germany from 1990 – 1992
From 1982 – 1986 he participated in Soviet – American negotiations on disarmament and arms control in Geneva
After graduating from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1971 he commenced diplomatic work, working at the Soviet Embassy in West Germany from 1973 – 1980
Vladimir Mikhailovich Grinin (Russian: Владимир Михайлович Гринин), born 15 November 1947 in Moscow, is a Russian career diplomat